Monday, April 24, 2006

Muddled Weekend

As it turned out, I was home this weekend after all. Chris mixed up the dates and the show is next weekend. At least she's all ready for it and will have a stress-free week!

Our Community Choir concert was scheduled for tonight and I had been disappointed a while back when Chris told me the dates conflicted. So now I was pleased to think I could sing in the concert after all!!
Alas, it wasn’t to be. Our concert was canceled due to a horrible car accident last Thursday in which 3 of our local seniors were killed…a young man and 2 young ladies. What a terrible tragedy!

Note: I realized after posting this that I need to clarify the term 'seniors'. Here in the US it is used for high schoolers in their graduating year of school......12th grade

The calling hours were today and several of the high school kids who would be attending were to be extras in our concert (there were to be a few drama scenes to illustrate the Easter music). The combined funerals will be held tomorrow. It will be such a huge event that it will be broadcast in the high school auditorium to accommodate the people who can’t fit into the church (which is a large one). Needless to say, this is a very sad time for our community.

On a brighter note, the hyacinths are blooming brightly and smelling oh, so sweet! Added to the daffodils they make a very pretty picture. I thought I’d show you some of the photos I’ve taken lately.

We’ve had rain for most of the weekend and much colder temperatures, so we’ve been stuck inside, feeling like winter is back. However, it stopped this afternoon and my hubby worked outside constructing yet another small section of rustic fence. He intends to plant some American bittersweet by it. This plant produces lovely red berries in the fall. The birds will love it!

This morning in church we were privileged to listen to an amazing fellow named Jason Nightingale. This gentleman has the awesome ability to memorize whole books of the Bible. I can’t even imagine having a memory like his!!! He recited the book of John word for word, as if he were telling a story, complete with all the characters and feelings. It was a truly remarkable experience to see and hear him do this.

Jason and his wife, Sharon, travel around the country in a huge motorhome. He performs his recitations in churches all over the US. They’re based in Washington state and their mission is to support a large group of orphans and widows in Monrovia, Liberia, as well as church planting. They’re an amazing couple. Perhaps some of you out there have met them too, and seen Jason speak.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Alice said...[Reply]

Oh Kerri - how truly sad for all the families concerned, and very upsetting for all their friends. You say that 3 seniors were killed, and then mention a young man and 2 young ladies. Does that mean 6 people in total were killed?

I'm sure your close-knit community will support everyone affected by this tragedy and you will gain strength from one another.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri,
What a tragedy, that’s dreadful! My thoughts and prayers are with the families and may the strength of the community support them in their grief.
Hugs - Marion

Connie and Rob said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri,
This heartbreak is going to be so hard for everyone in your community. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. Sounds like you are all very close and will provide a great support system to each other.

Take care,

Sue said...[Reply]

Reading this just gave me chills after the close call we had with my niece!
(She's also a high school senior).
Your flowers spread such cheer! How many bulbs did you originally start with?
(Mine multiply, but you have SO many!)

Kerri said...[Reply]

Alice, I've added a note to clarify the term 'seniors'. Thanks for making me realize that it was a confusing term!
Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. We actually don't personally know any of the families, but this sort of thing does affect an entire community and bring them all together. There's usually a wonderful support system in a small community and ours is no exception.
I've heard that several "best friend's" and adults spoke at the funeral and that it was difficult, but a heartwarming celebration of life, as so many funerals tend to be these days.
Sue, I started with just a few of those daffodils years ago and they've multiplied like crazy over the years. I give plenty away when I divide them!

jellyhead said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri,

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of some of your young people in your town. These events are always so shocking, aren't they?

Your flowers are looking so pretty. Glad you had an unexpected weekend at home.

Apple said...[Reply]

The news stations here reported on the crash. How very tragic! It never gets easier for me to deal the death of a student, even if they weren’t one of mine. In small communities everyone knows everyone and the community as a whole is affected so I will pray not just for the immediate families but for everyone who was touched.

We need the rain but I could certainly do without the cold!


Abandoned in Pasadena said...[Reply]

So sorry to hear about the seniors deaths...that's a very tragic loss.

Jason Nightengale sounds like someone I would love to hear speak. I may do some inquiring about his whereabouts and maybe he will someday come close enough for me to hear him recite the books of the Bible.

Keep posting those beautiful flowers...It's Spring and there's nothing like pretty spring flowers to look at.

Zoey said...[Reply]

Stunning daff displays, Kerri!

I wish I could get them to multiply like that. They just don't seem to like the living conditions I provide. I planted a couple hundred a few years ago and now have only a couple dozen that bloomed.

Karen said...[Reply]

All those lovely daffodils on your property! You have a beautiful flower display.

I'm so sorry to hear about that tragedy in your community.